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Date Posted: Friday, March 24, 12:12:45pm
In reply to: Died March 13 's message, "Former US Representative from Texas Eligio "Kika" de la Garza, 89" on Friday, March 24, 11:38:45am

de la GARZA, Eligio, II (Kika), a Representative from Texas; born in Mercedes, Hidalgo County, Tex., September 22, 1927; educated at Mission (Tex.) High School, Edinburgh (Tex.) Junior College, and St. Mary’s University, San Antonio, Tex., LL.B., 1952; at age 17 enlisted in the United States Navy and served from 1945 to 1946; served as an officer in the United States Army, Thirty-seventh Division Artillery, 1950-1952; graduated as a second lieutenant, St. Mary’s ROTC, in 1951 and from the Artillery School, Fort Sill, Okla., in 1952; was admitted to the bar in 1952 and began practice in Mission, Tex.; member of the Texas state house of representatives 1952-1964; elected as a Democrat to the Eighty-ninth and to the fifteen succeeding Congresses (January 3, 1965-January 3, 1997); chair, Committee on Agriculture (Ninety-seventh through One Hundred Third Congresses); was not a candidate for reelection to the One Hundred Fifth Congress; died on March 13, 2017, in McAllen, Tex.

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